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MMSD Expected To Sees Drop In State Aid

MMSD Expected To Sees Drop In State Aid

General aid estimates provided on Friday show that 410 of the state's 424 public school districts will receive less school aid for the 2011-12 school year than they did in the previous year.

The recently enacted state budget set general aid at $4.262 billion for the 2011-12 school year, an 8.4 percent decrease from the previous year.

The Department of Public Instruction has estimated the amount of school aid each district will receive during the coming school year. School personnel use the aid estimates to prepare final budgets.

The Madison Metropolitan School District is estimated to receive $43,203,032 which is down more than $6.7 million from the previous year.

Construction Doesn't Defuse Rhythm And Booms

Tens of thousands of fireworks junkies in attendance made the annual Rhythm & Booms spectacle a success Saturday night.

Madison police said construction zones did not excessively interfere with traffic, but there was a three-car crash with minor injuries after the fireworks.

Police arrested six for disorderly conduct or battery in Warner Park.

And authorities said it seemed like more attended last night's event, compared to recent years.

The positive news relieved many who were concerned about the potentially disastrous scene of tens of thousands of people heading into an area under heavy road construction.

As always, people came from all over the Midwest for the 19th annual Rhythm & Booms, but this year, fireworks fans had a few more headaches to deal with than usual, thanks to heavy construction around Madison's Warner Park.

One of the people brave enough to fight the construction was Emily Peters.

"On the way here we took kind of a back road," said Peters.

No Refuse, Recycling Collection Monday

No Refuse, Recycling Collection Monday

There will be no refuse or recycling collection in the city of Madison on Monday, July 4, due to the Independence Day holiday.

Residents who have their refuse and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, July 5. Residents in Tuesday's refuse collection district will also have their material collected on July 5.

"Because of the double collection on Monday, July 5 it is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. to insure collection," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release.

Because of the holiday, the Streets Division's large item service may run a day late the week of July 4th. 

The city of Madison yard waste drop off sites will be open the following hours

Rhythm & Booms Organizers Hope For More Donations

The stage is set for Rhythm & Booms at Warner Park on Madison's West Side for Saturday night.

The event attracts thousands each year from across Wisconsin and around the region to see a fireworks show in celebration of the Fourth of July. While the charitable event has seen some tough times during the past two years, organizers said that they're staying optimistic about the event's future.

"It's been a struggle but we're optimistic," said event founder Terry Kelly.

Kelly said the event costs the non-profit organization more than $500,000 every year to put on, and has encountered costly rain-outs two of the last five years.

"The problem there is we have double police costs, double fire costs and a lot of people can't stay over until Sunday," Kelly said.

In its 19 years, the event has given more than $250,000 to children's charities in the Madison area. Donations have varied from $50,000 some years to only $3,500 last year, organizers said.

Rhythm & Booms Brings Boater Warnings

Rhythm & Booms Brings Boater Warnings

Many boaters look forward to watching the spectacular Rhythm and Booms fireworks from the serenity of the lake. 

The annual celebration is set to take place on Saturday, July 2. 

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney would like to remind boaters of some safety precautions to consider before going out on the lakes for Rhythm and Booms.

Madison Fire Department Offers Tips To Safe Fourth Of July

Madison Fire Department Offers Tips To Safe Fourth Of July

The Madison Fire Department has tips to help keep everyone safe during the annual Rhythm & Booms Event.

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Dane County watercraft inspectors will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, on Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa to assure that boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The inspectors, who are a mix of paid Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds staff and volunteers, will be rotating among several of the busiest boat landings to help boaters understand Wisconsin’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving.

"Dane County is a great place for fishing and boating. By following simple steps, we can preserve the quality of our lakes for future generations to enjoy," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. 

Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation.